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Support hospitality or face massive job losses Government told

More than 900,000 jobs in the hospitality industry will be lost if the Government fails to provide a package of support, according to one leading figure in the sector.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the trade body UKHospitality, issued the warning while giving evidence to the House of Lords economic affairs committee.

She said: "The people that work in hospitality are key to its success and we are very proud of the fact that we are the third biggest employing sector in the country.

"As a sector we provide fantastic employment opportunities for everyone - including offering young people their first taste of the world of work."

UKHospitality is calling for the sector-specific support to cover 50 per cent of wages at businesses closed by local lockdowns, up to 50 per cent for part-fund hours for short-term working, a financial support package for legally closed business and fully funded training packages in depressed areas.

She said" "It is undeniable that this crisis has massively damaged our ability to employ. Parts of the sector remain closed; a whole range of activities are not permitted; and the rest remains substantially below capacity.

"As a sector we have utilised flexible furlough to get as many people as possible back into the world of work, but we are at a very delicate stage.

"The hospitality sector has a proven track record in delivering jobs growth. But we need Government to be flexible in its approach and to provide the necessary support over the bleak winter months in order for our sector to continue to play a role in the economic recovery."

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